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RatCreature ([personal profile] ratcreature) wrote in [community profile] linux4all2016-03-07 09:59 pm
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Kindle for PC under wine?

I have been using version 1.11.2 of Kindle for PC for a while (on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS with the distributions Wine 1.6 package) and never had problems, but now Amazon announced that versions older than 1.14 will stop working at the end of March. The current version 1.15 seems to install but then doesn't start. I tried updating Wine to the latest stable version 1.8 but still no luck. The winehq.org website mentions a bug when trying to run newer Kindle versions making it work with a workaround to start the app with taskset -c 0, but that doesn't work for me.

Also, strangely, earlier when I tried updating to 1.14 that version seemed to work initially, but then it refused to start without me having changed anything. I then downgraded back to 1.11 and things were okay again, but now I need to upgrade. I also tried 1.14 again, hoping that maybe it would work again (I still have that installer exe), but it's the same as 1.15.

Is there anything else I can try? I'd really like to be able to download ebooks from Amazon to my laptop properly and not just use the amazon "cloud reader" which I find obnoxious.

ETA (10th March): I solved my problem (I hope). I had luck with installing and running the current Kindle app via "PlayOnLinux" rather than doing it directly under Wine myself. Right now 1.15 starts and seems to run fine, at least it sees my library. So now I just hope it'll keep running and won't be a fluke like my earlier success that didn't last.

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